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Honda Civic Care and Maintenance

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  • rowaxerowaxe Posts: 12
    I have recently acquired a "free" '85 Honda CRX that has cost about $2000 so far. I am trying to service whatever I can myself. I'm down to a last few details and I cannot find any resources on the internet. I need to find out how to assemble the steering wheel onto the steering column. Someone took it apart without remembering how to reassemble it. I found one piece of blue plastic type material in a roughly square shape looking like it fits onto the screws that hold the springs for the horn. The problem is, there's only one and it's ripped off. I tried to re-assemble it but I can't figure how. I've replaced the plastic squares with flexible soft plastic bits of similar size and shape. Is there someplace I can look for help. i'm stuck in New Zealand and the Hayes manuals are OUTRAGEOUS here. it's like $75 to get one. I also need to find a photo of an original dashboard so I can see which parts have been torn out of that as I have gaping holes where some parts were.
  • flynfl01flynfl01 Posts: 13
    Hello all. My car is a 2004 Civic LX coupe. Since I do not have a garage, I'm wondering if I should apply some kind of protection to my dash and plastic on the doors before the hot summer months. I've seen several cars where the dashes have started to fade and would like to preserve mine as long as possible. I've heard Armor All and Turtle Wax both make good products for protecting interior trim. Anyone had experience with these on their Civics? Do they work well? I'm concerned that applying these to the dash may cause unwanted glare, but I don't want to leave the dash unprotected, even though I do use a sunshade. Any thoughts on this?

    Thanks very much.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    I have recently acquired a "free" '85 Honda CRX that has cost about $2000 so far. I am trying to service whatever I can myself. I'm down to a last few details and I cannot find any resources on the internet. I need to find out how to assemble the steering wheel onto the steering column. Someone took it apart without remembering how to reassemble it. I found one piece of blue plastic type material in a roughly square shape looking like it fits onto the screws that hold the springs for the horn. The problem is, there's only one and it's ripped off. I tried to re-assemble it but I can't figure how. I've replaced the plastic squares with flexible soft plastic bits of similar size and shape. Is there someplace I can look for help. i'm stuck in New Zealand and the Hayes manuals are OUTRAGEOUS here. it's like $75 to get one. I also need to find a photo of an original dashboard so I can see which parts have been torn out of that as I have gaping holes where some parts were.

    That is about the price for HELMS manual. Hayes is not worth it. Check out ebay for a used Helms manual. Also, if you find a CRX enthusiast website, there may be people who will give you Helms in .PDF format for free or a $1.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    Hello all. My car is a 2004 Civic LX coupe. Since I do not have a garage, I'm wondering if I should apply some kind of protection to my dash and plastic on the doors before the hot summer months. I've seen several cars where the dashes have started to fade and would like to preserve mine as long as possible. I've heard Armor All and Turtle Wax both make good products for protecting interior trim. Anyone had experience with these on their Civics? Do they work well? I'm concerned that applying these to the dash may cause unwanted glare, but I don't want to leave the dash unprotected, even though I do use a sunshade. Any thoughts on this?

    Thanks very much.


    Your dealer should carry Honda vinyl and leather protectant. It is a low gloss/Matte formulation, and is the only one that will not void your warranty if your plastic cracks. I belive the owner's manual mentions it in the "care" section.

    You should clean the surfaces with mild soapy solution, as per manual. I use Armor all cleaning wipes, and then apply the Honda Vinyl and leather protectant to a microfiber cloth and wipe on. It is better than Armor all because it does not attract dust, and it does not blind you on a sunny day.

    Also, I use one of those round shades in the windshield. I think it is called Miracle shade, it folds onto itself into a small flat circle for storage, but when unfolded, there are 2 pieces that cover the whole windshield.
  • asg2307asg2307 Posts: 8
    I have been searching the Internet but can not find a good source for used parts. Specifically looking for the strip on hatch on bottom of rear window, and windshield wiper switch.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    I have been searching the Internet but can not find a good source for used parts. Specifically looking for the strip on hatch on bottom of rear window, and windshield wiper switch.

    Your best bet would be to drive into the "not so good" part of town and find a junk yard. Looks like new one from Honda is $137
    Part number 9 in the picture.
    http://www.hondaautomotiveparts.com/auto/jsp/mws/prddisplay.jsp?inputstate=5&catcgry1=Civi- - c&catcgry2=1985&catcgry3=WGN+**+4WD&catcgry4=KA5MT&catcgry5=STEERING+WHEEL+SWITCH

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  • theracoontheracoon Posts: 666
    Also, if you find a CRX enthusiast website, there may be people who will give you Helms in .PDF format for free or a $1.

    Of course in the US this would be a violation of US Copyright Laws.

    (use your imagination to insert a non-car smiley here)
  • I am taking my car in tomorrow because it doesn't seem to be shifting into overdrive correctly. When I drive the car it will take a little bit for it to shift the first time and when it does it goes all the way up to 3 RPM's and then it won't shift again until it gets between 4 and 5 RPM's. Does anybody know what's wrong with it?

    Thanks,

    ColdwellKT
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    I am taking my car in tomorrow because it doesn't seem to be shifting into overdrive correctly. When I drive the car it will take a little bit for it to shift the first time and when it does it goes all the way up to 3 RPM's and then it won't shift again until it gets between 4 and 5 RPM's. Does anybody know what's wrong with it?

    Thanks,

    ColdwellKT

    Year, model, trim, options, miles?

    At what RPM was it shifting before? What RPM's would you like for it to shift at?

    P.S. 3 RPM = 3000 RPM, 4 RPM = 4000 RPM and so on.
  • ddecker5ddecker5 Posts: 20
    I have a 97 Honda Civic with 130K miles. What is the best oil to use for it, and do I need a special tool to change the oil filter?

    Thanks
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    it should say on the oil filler cap what weight to use. you should be able to remove the filter by hand, if the previous oil chnager did everything by the book. You will need to buy some crush washers from Honda, they are a must when changing oil.
  • rowaxerowaxe Posts: 12
    The engine was working fine I thought, now it just rained and at idle speed, the engine keeps reving high and then dropping and almost sputtering out then back high and back low, over and over. I just got the car, so I don't know how long it's been doing this. Any suggestions? It doesn't do it when I first start the car, just when I drive it for a few minutes.
  • rowaxerowaxe Posts: 12
    Checked it today and it's still doing it. It's not raining now, but I'm not sure if it's still damp inside the engine. We drove it for half an hour and it's still doing it.
  • port_48port_48 Posts: 27
    My 02 DX Sedan was making a similar noise. I took it to the dealer before the 3 yr warranty ran out. They installed a new clutch master cylinder and the problem is fixed! They said there is a service bulletin out on the problem.
  • I just bought a new Honda Civic LX silver and I have a couple of questions for everyone.
    1). How long should I wait before I wax my car? I have heard that you should wait 3 months before waxing a brand new car.
    2.) What wax or car care products should I use (do you recomend)?
    3.) Does anyone have a link to a website with a wealth of informaiton about care and maitenence for new cars?

    Thanks :)
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 14,799
    1. Wax immediately, if not sooner! The new car paints comes fully cured from the factory. If a car is repainted on the so called "after market" is the appropriate time to ask: how long to wait before re waxing.

    2. I would say what are your goals? Mine for example is a very high base line and a 10-14 year time horizon.

    3. I have a few favorites but do a search for car care and car care products and some will pop up.
  • ray12ray12 Posts: 1
    My 2000 Civic was just diagnosed with a crack in the exhaust manifold. I have 70,000 miles. Is this a common problem? Does $800 sound about right for parts & labor to repair?

    What are the common causes for the cracked manifold?

    Thanks for your help.
  • plaueplaue Posts: 8
    Hi Ya'll. A few weeks ago I had my timing belt / water pump replaced on my 98 Civic at the dealer. I noticed that the coolant in the reservoir is now blue in color, with a part number/description OL999-9011 Coolant TYP2 Blue).

    Anyone know if/when Honda changed their Type 2 coolant? I know Honda coolant used to be green in color. Or was some other fluid substituted in?

    Thanks!
  • chestnutchestnut Posts: 19
    The same thing happened to me on my 2000 Accord. They told me it was the long life coolant.
  • contrailcontrail Posts: 1
    I just bought a 97 Honda Civic. Both outer CV boots are torn open. Not sure how long they have been torn. First, about how much to replace and repack the boots if
    the CV joints are not worn out. Second, about how much would one expect to pay
    to have the CV joints replaced altogether?
  • Hi,
    I'm looking to find Honda clubs and folks in my geographic area who might be knowledgable about my 3rd generation civic. I know I need to do some repairs and maintenance, and I could use some advice about where to start.
    I may have already posted this request here and just couldn't find it when I came back to look tonight, so if I'm repeating myself I apologize.
    Thanks a bunch.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    My 2000 Civic was just diagnosed with a crack in the exhaust manifold. I have 70,000 miles. Is this a common problem? Does $800 sound about right for parts & labor to repair?

    What are the common causes for the cracked manifold?

    Thanks for your help.


    I would check to see if it is still covered under the 8 year/80,000 miles emissions warranty. I don't see why it would not be covered. Manifold is part of emissions control, and shoudl be covered under that part fo the warranty. Of course unless you are over the miles. In which case, you can call Honda Corporate and have them split the cost with you.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    Hi Ya'll. A few weeks ago I had my timing belt / water pump replaced on my 98 Civic at the dealer. I noticed that the coolant in the reservoir is now blue in color, with a part number/description OL999-9011 Coolant TYP2 Blue).

    Anyone know if/when Honda changed their Type 2 coolant? I know Honda coolant used to be green in color. Or was some other fluid substituted in?

    Thanks!


    This is new to me. I bought coolant from Honda last summer when doing maintenance on my car and it was Green. My new CR-V comes with green coolant. That is very interesting. I wonder if they are mixable?
  • sequoia3sequoia3 Posts: 3
    Can anyone recommend a great Independent Honda Mechanic in the Central Texas Area? I am in Fredericksburg.

    Thanks. Sequoia3
  • pipipipi Posts: 4
    Hi, everyone.
    I own an 04 civic VP. The mileage is about 11k. At this point I changed the engine oil at a local shop(This is the second lube service since I purchased this car). Now there is a few oil leaking underneath which never happened before. Since I don't know much about car, there is no conclusion I could make by myself. However I would assume that guy who changed the oil did something wrong, maybe the oil was over added. Could anyone give me some comments, and if this will eventually damage the engine?

    thanks!
  • slbibleslbible Posts: 14
    First off, yes your car's engine will be damaged if there's no oil! How much oil is leaking (one/two drops or a puddle)? If just drops then check the oil level (refer to your owners manual for this procedure), then take it back to the shop that did the oil change. There are a number of things that could cause the leak. Here are some examples: 1. forgot the drain plug washer. 2. overtightened the drain plug and cracked the oil pan. 3. oil filter not tight enough. 4. Oil filter gasket missing which would not allow the oil filter to seat properly. 5. Could just be that they spilled a little on the cross member and that's what you're seeing.

    I would definitly check the oil level and if everything looks good, drive it back to the local shop and speak to someone other than the guy that changed the oil and have them verify where the oil is coming from. Better yet, take it to someone you know you can trust.
  • dlsmith29dlsmith29 Posts: 1
    Do they stretch, though? A mechanic-friend told me that he can not adjust the timing to correct for a retarding (12 vs 16°BTDC) from the manufacturer [and state smog]-specification. Should I be able to advance this myself with the aid of an inductive timing light ? I am un-skilled in automotive maintenance, so I appreciate your consideration of my deficiency in any technical response.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    Hi, everyone.
    I own an 04 civic VP. The mileage is about 11k. At this point I changed the engine oil at a local shop(This is the second lube service since I purchased this car). Now there is a few oil leaking underneath which never happened before. Since I don't know much about car, there is no conclusion I could make by myself. However I would assume that guy who changed the oil did something wrong, maybe the oil was over added. Could anyone give me some comments, and if this will eventually damage the engine?

    thanks!


    Sounds like you went to a Non-Honda shop and they did not give you the new crush washer, but rather put the old one back and torqued it to the max. You better pray that they did not strip the thread in the alluminum pan. It is also possible that they did such a sloppy job and spilled oil all over.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    Do they stretch, though? A mechanic-friend told me that he can not adjust the timing to correct for a retarding (12 vs 16°BTDC) from the manufacturer [and state smog]-specification. Should I be able to advance this myself with the aid of an inductive timing light ? I am un-skilled in automotive maintenance, so I appreciate your consideration of my deficiency in any technical response.

    I belive the timing light will only tell you about the ignition, and I think you are talking about Valves.
    Timing belts better not stretch, or it will mess up the whole engine. IF yor timing is off, that could mean that when the belt was installed they did not align the markings correctly, or it is so old that it indeed stretched and has to be replaced IMMEDIATLEY!. If you want to get adjustability, you would probably need to get AEM adjustable sprokets.
  • polymorphapolymorpha Posts: 16
    Another possible cause of the drip is that some residue from the oil filter gasket was not removed before they put on the new filter. If you could figure out where the drip is coming from it would help sort out the alternatives. Definitely take it back to where the work was done and request that they make it right.
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